Agricultural Fairs

Photography By Jennifer Barnaby | August 10, 2017
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Rural agricultural fairs are much older than Canada's confederation in 1867. Most fairs started out as agricultural societies and their purpose wasn't to entertain, but to inform and provide a way for families and communities to come together, share information and knowledge. It was also a way for farmers to improve their chances of success by breeding their livestock with the competition ribbon winners. Fairs today marry agricultrual traditions with midway, musical and other forms of entertainment to bring together diverse communities.

Here is a list of many of the local fairs you can check out this summer:


Navan​ August 10-13
Williamstown​ August 11-13
Merrickville​ August 11-13
South Mountain​ August 17-20
Vankleek Hill​ August 17-20
The Capital Fair​ August 18-27
Chesterville​ August 25-27


Shawville​ August 31-September 4
Stormont County​September 1-4
Russell​ September 7-10
Spencerville​ September 7-10
Richmond​ September 14-17
Carp​ September 21-24
Metcalfe​ September 28-October 1

For more information, including direct links to individual fair websites, visit the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies at

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